Our Attorneys

Tom Soule

Since 2003, Tom Soule has acquired comprehensive complex litigation experience over the full range of litigation tasks, from pre-filing investigation through to judgment, across numerous jurisdictions.  He has handled hundreds of cases seeking relief under various federal and state consumer protection statutes, and dozens of cases dealing with individual contract disputes for individual and business clients, often leading to beneficial settlements reached through informal mediations and formal alternative dispute resolution procedures.

His reported decisions include, among others, Jackson v. Payday Financial LLC, 764 F.3d 765 (7th Cir. 2014), cert. denied, 135 S.Ct. 1894 (2015) and QuickClick Loans LLC v. Russell, 943 N.E.2d 166 (Ill. App. Ct. 2011),  pet. denied, 949 N.E.2d 1103 (Ill. 2011), in which unconscionable arbitration clauses were defeated; In re Milo's Kitchen Dog Treats, 307 F.R.D. 177 (W.D.Pa. 2015), which limited discovery of an individual's Facebook posts strictly to those items relevant to claims and defenses in the litigation; McDonald v. Asset Acceptance LLC, 296 F.R.D. 513 (E.D.Mich. 2013), which held that a debt buyer could not seek interest from debtors that credit card issuers had waived; Wendorf v. Landers, 755 F. Supp.2d 972 (N.D.Ill. 2010), which for the first time interpreted the requirements of a statute governing contracts with fitness clubs; and Claffey v. River Oaks Hyundai, 486 F.Supp.2d 776 (N.D.Ill. 2007), which set boundaries on the attorney-client privilege where a party was using the fact of attorney consultations as part of its defense.

Tom places an emphasis on thorough research and plain-English briefing, so the best arguments are put to courts in the manner most likely to achieve good results.  This focus extends to his work with clients, explaining legal issues directly, so they can act more efficiently.

Tom also values his contributions to society, especially his involvement with the USO of Illinois, both as a donor and as a volunteer, most Sunday mornings, at the USO Center at O'Hare Airport.  He also supports the efforts of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago and Cabrini Green Legal Aid for low-income clients, and the work of the Southern Poverty Law Center against bigotry, extremist groups and discriminatory practices.  He is also a life member of the Stanford and Wisconsin Alumni Associations, and holds season tickets, in the cheap seats, for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Cubs.

Tom was raised in Glens Falls, N.Y. and lives with his wife, Megan Dwyer, on the North Side of Chicago.

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Contact:

10 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1800

Chicago, Illinois 60603

Phone: 312-466-7217

Email: Tom.Soule@ruberry-law.com

Practice Areas:

  • Complex & general litigation
  • Class actions
  • Insurance coverage

Education:

  • University of Wisconsin- Madison, J.D. 2003
  • Stanford University, B.A., 2000 with honors

 Admissions: 

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits
  • All U.S. District Courts in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan
  • Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Affiliations:

  • American, Illinois State, Chicago and Federal Bar Associations

Recognition:

  • Selected to Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star list for 2016, 2017 and 2018